What is Chiropractic ?
Chiropractic turns off pain quickly and gets you moving properly. Getting to the cause of the problem means that you can really get better. Our aim is to get you moving and pain-free as quickly as possible in our Chester and St Asaph clinics.
The chiropractic degree consists of 4 years full time study. Many of the same subjects are covered as in a medical degree: neurology, orthopaedics, pathology, pharmacology, medical diagnosis, radiology. Medical doctors go on to specialise in areas such as neurology and orthopaedics and they can lose sight of the body as a whole. Chiropractors focus more on the structure of the body (in particular the spine) and it’s effect on health. Chiropractors make connections between bones, joints and muscles (orthopaedics) and nerves (neurology). They also take into account things such as work, posture, stress etc.
You will be asked to fill out a medical history at both our Chester and St Asaph branches. The medical history is important and you should make sure you do not leave anything out; There may be connections between injuries or illness that you may have had in the past and your current condition. Your chiropractor is trained to spot this. Your chiropractor will discuss this with you as well as your problem. You will then have an examination and your chiropractor will give you a clear diagnosis of the problem. You will also be given a treatment plan. This should give you a rough idea of how many treatments and what type of treatment you need.
Chiropractic treatment covers the spine and all joints and muscles in the body. It involves gentle, specific adjustments to help realign the spine, improve posture and ensure correct movement at the joints . When the body is moving better your posture will naturally improve, assisting your body’s natural healing and improving the function of your nervous system.
Chiropractic is a regulated profession and all chiropractors must be members of the General Chiropractic Council. Mr Massey who practices at our Chester and St Asaph clinics is also a member of the British Chiropractic Association.
A detailed medical history and chiropractic consultation lead to a good diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. Once your problem, what you want from the treatment, and any relevant medical details have been discussed, the assessment can begin. The consultation will remain strictly confidential.
Our consultation combines orthopaedic, neurological, chiropractic, osteopath and physiotherapy elements. It will involve palpating your muscles and assessing the movement of your joints. Skin temperature and colouration will also be assessed. You may have your strength and reflexes checked. If there are any signs of concern you may be referred to the relevant specialist with a covering letter. Otherwise Mr Massey, our chiropractor will devise a management plan for you. The plan will, as far as possible, tell you how much better you will get and how quickly.
When Mr Massey has completed his chiropractic consultation he will discuss his advised treatment plan and any home exercises you might need to do. Of course all the information held about you at the clinic is strictly confidential. If there is no need to refer you on, and Mr Massey does not require any further information from you, he will normally give you your first treatment right away.
Chiropractic treatment usually works quickly, dissolving your pain, getting you moving fluidly, standing straighter and feeling better. Our chiropractor, Mr Massey, uses a combination of chiropractic, osteopath, and physiotherapy techniques to break the muscle tension/joint stiffness cycle which can lead to very painful symptoms and flare ups.
Chiropractic treatment may involve mobilisation (gentle rocking) of joints, adjustment (re-setting joint movement patterns using short thrusts), massage and stretching. Mr Massey may work on the area where your problem is and he may work in other parts of the body because, from the holistic perspective, every part is influenced by the rest of the body and for good health all your joints and muscles should be functioning well.
Before any new chiropractic treatment Mr Massey explains what he is going to do and why he is going to do it. He may put you into position for manipulation and make sure that you are comfortable before attempting any new manoeuvre. You may be asked to undress and put on a gown if you need any massage. If you are not comfortable with any aspect of the treatment, if you want to discuss your treatment plan or change any part of it Mr Massey is always to happy change his plan of action; there are always different ways of doing things and there is always room for flexibility.
Treatment does not end when you are moving and feeling better. Normally you will continue to have treatment, less frequently to get to the root of the problem, in order to avoid painful recurrences,
Many people continue to have regular check-ups/MOTs because once you have experienced the benefit of treatment you may want to maintain the fluidity and freedom of movement that it brings so that you can perform better at everything you do. That is why so many professional sports people choose to have chiropractic treatment